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This study tracked a cohort of 550 discharged state hospital patients through an entire publicly-funded mental health aftercare system. Data from hospital and community agency records indicate that neither social-demographic nor clinical characteristics successfully differentiated psychiatric readmissions from nonreadmissions. Use of aftercare services—in terms of the variety available and their relevance to discharged patients' assessed needs—had the greatest influence on predicting the likelihood of readmission.